Posted: Sep 05, 2014 5:00 AM
Podcasts provide listeners with the ability to listen to stories, interviews and other media files straight from the web. Kind of like a radio show that you can listen to whenever you want. Here are some of the most captivating podcasts from around the web.
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This American LifeThis American Life

For the past 19 years, This American Life has captivated listeners with its weekly radio show, produced in Chicago and broadcast on over 500 stations nationwide. Each show revolves around a particular theme, around which the producers curate various stories. Tools of journalism and reporting are applied to human interest pieces, providing listeners with stories that are entertaining, educational, humorous and eye opening. "129 Cars" revolves around the salesmen at a Long Island car dealership as they scramble to meet their monthly sales goal. "Surrogates" tells the story of how a family came to adopt a convicted murderer. If you've never listened to the show, it's hard to accurately capture how truly magnetic This American Life and its host, Ira Glass, really are. And with 19 years' worth of shows archived, new podcast listeners have plenty of material to keep their earbuds busy. The favorites page is a good place to start. Shows are approximately an hour long.

Longest Shortest Time

The longest shortest time

Writer and radio producer Hillary Frank created Longest Shortest Time to document the ups and downs of parenthood through real stories from real parents. This well-crafted and fairly new podcast covers everything from the things one mom did wrong to the trauma of infant loss. Whether it's during the morning commute to work or a 2 a.m. feeding, Longest Shortest Time is a place for moms and dads to turn to when they need to know they aren't alone. Shows are usually under 25 minutes.

For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud is a candid and honest podcast hosted by author Stephanie Wilder-Taylor (Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay) and Lynette Carolla (yes, the wife of Adam Carolla, but she's also a television executive herself). There's not much that Stephanie and Lynette don't talk about, from the Ferber method to Channing Tatum. Plug in and listen to their girl chat while you clean the house or hang out in traffic during your commute. Shows run just under an hour.

How to Do EverythingHow to do everything

Need to know how to do something? In these short podcasts, Mike Danforth and Ian Chillag answer listener questions, finding experts to get the right answers and entertaining listeners along the way. How to swim like a manatee? How to get back at bad Facebook posters? How to travel with a baby? In How to Do Everything, Mike and Ian will answer questions you never knew you had. If anything, these short podcasts are entertaining and perfect for quick errand runs in the car.

The Art of SimpleThe art of simple

The Art of Simple podcast, hosted by Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple blog (formerly Simple Mom), is a show about “living with purpose and enjoying the ride.” Tsh covers topics on living more simply, parenting, working from home, books and more. If you like The Art of Simple blog, you will love this lighthearted podcast. Shows are just under an hour.

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